Note: the watermark in the lower right does not appear in the final print.
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Laundry day or wash day and the cute little white terrier is not exactly looking forward to his bath!
Photography by Edward M.Fielding. Part of the Dogford Studios collection of fine pet photography
DOG WASHING TIPS
1. Sometimes getting a job done is as simple as having the right tools, and bathing your dog is no exception. An indoor pet spray that attaches to your sink faucet or shower head makes bathing your dog easier to manage. The spray is gentle enough for a small dog.
2. If you must bathe your dog indoors, getting him into the tub may be a job in itself, let alone bathing him once he's there. To help in the effort, purchase a dog bath helper that has a mini lead attached to a suction cup that sticks to the bottom or side of the tub. The suction cup can be easily removed once your dog is squeaky clean.
3. When rinsing the soap from your dog's coat, use a one part vinegar to four parts water solution to leave his coat shiny and clean.
4. If your dog just doesn't like the water, use a water-less shampoo that must be applied then lathered into his coat until a foam appears. Brush and towel-dry with a blow-dryer.
5. If you prefer, give your dog a dry bath to remove any odors when it's too cold to bathe him. Rub some baking soda into your dog's coat, gently massage it in, then brush it out.
6. To help give a small dog a bath, place a small window screen across the sink in which you want to bathe him. The screen will give your dog something to stand on, and, because the bath and rinse water flow beneath it, will prevent him from having to stand in water.
7. If you want to give your dog some extra help in the self-cleaning department but don't want to stress him by subjecting him to a bath, use pet cleansing wipes to remove dander and
saliva from his coat. The product, made from all-natural ingredients, leaves your dogs coat clean and healthy looking.
8. If your dog comes into contact with chewing gum, remove it by rubbing an ice cube on the gum until it hardens and can be pulled out, then wash the area thoroughly.
9. If your dog walks on tar, remove it by rubbing butter or margarine on the tarred area until the tar softens and can be pulled off. Repeat if necessary, then bathe your dogs feet.
10. If your dog rubs against oil-based paint, wipe it off immediately with a dry cloth, then bathe him. If the paint has dried and hardened, cut it out, then bathe your dog.
11. If your dog doesn't like the sound of spray conditioner after his bath, spray the conditioner on a brush, then run the brush through his hair.
This photography by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding was featured on the cover of Pet Junction Magazine.
September 24th, 2012
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